This weekend we visited the local seaside town of Cleethorpes. We were in town to see their newest arts & culture festival “Festival of Sky”. We held off until later in the afternoon and were lucky to find a good parking spot down past the leisure centre.Continue reading Event Review // Festival Of The Sky
Cantley in Doncaster, held it’s first Star Wars con on Sunday the 21st of April, which featured several cast members from the Star Wars movies.Continue reading EVENT REVIEW // Doncaster Star Wars Con
Doncaster Band, “Bang Bang Romeo” have been around for years. I remember them playing a small gig in Scunthorpe back when Scunthorpe Nights first started and they’ve also graced the alternative stage at Party In The Pines back in 2015. So the news today that they will be supporting P!nk on European dates of her World Tour is exciting for everyone who’s followed them so far and obviously the trio themselves.
Well a lot of people will be missing Party in the pines this year. Continue reading If you’re going to miss not going to a local festival this year…
It’s always such an experience at Party In The Pines. Believe me you’ll always have a memory of it once you’ve lived it, whether you want it or not lol.
Once again we were lucky for another year with exceptional sunshine and heat beaming through the trees, maybe even a little too hot.
Entering the car park and camping field it already seemed a lot busier earlier on than previous years. I have been attending Pines since it started publically and every year has just seen more and more new and returning faces from Scunthorpe and from a far. Continue reading Summary// Party In The Pines 2016
I’ll be quite honest in this review and say there wasn’t all that much of a gig from Puddle of Mudd themselves to review. Which if I had read up on the band and the lead singer Wez Scantlin, I probably could have expected that for my £15, I would see a grown man at his lowest in life rather than the two songs I know them for “She f**king hates me” and “Blurry” now I won’t pretend I was or am a massive fan of Puddle of Mudd but their songs bring some nostalgia from my era of growing up.
The two support bands worked hard and got the crowd pumped for the headliners Puddle Of Mudd, but they probably couldn’t quite have prepared the crowd for what did happen.
It was quite apparent that something was wrong when we waited around 30-40 minutes after the second support band “Unzucht” from Germany finished their set. People were getting a bit restless and the hype seemed to die down. Eventually the bands entered the stage and a guy with a black hoodie with his hood up and long blonde hair stood with his back to the audience, clearly everyone assumed this was Wez, so cheering occurred but no this was his friend pretending to be him until he arrived, sort of funny seen as Wez then rocks up a few minutes later with a backpack and a beer strolling onto stage like he was just passing through. I don’t really remember too much of what happened after that, not because I was drunk, but to be honest I wish I was drinking, as then it might not have been so cringey to watch. I say I don’t remember because I was just so engrossed by this man and how he was going to make it through a whole set.
The crowd stood and watched Wez struggle through barely managing to pronounce the words, the band continued to play and no one did or said anything to stop this horror show. In between songs he went off on a bit of a rant and a story in which he admitted to some addictions. Although i’m not sure it needed admitting as we could clearly see this man was in no fit state to be performing nevermind on tour with paying fans. Wez gave up mid song and threw the mic to the ground and walked off, to be honest it was probably the best decision for him, if it had ended there!
The crowd started boo’s and shouting abuse. We were then told he was just cooling down and would be back in a minute to sing “Blurry” the crowd cheered and changed their tune again to encourage him back on. This didn’t last long , he started to sing “She F**king Hates Me” and was really struggling to remember the words or even speak. Again someone apparently threw some drink at him and he got up to leave again when a fan entered the stage to calm him down and get the crowd to support him. Funnily enough it didn’t work this time and the crowd were pretty mad.
Another fan invaded the stage and started to carry on the song for him until security took him off “he actually wasn’t bad” and clearly is a bit of a legend for giving the people what they wanted to hear, words to a song they know the band for. I won’t go on much more but let’s just say after this, the gig did not continue and it turned more into chants, drinks thrown and boo’s. I did feel for Wez, as yes it is wrong people have paid to come and see him and his band perform songs and they didn’t really get to see that and Yes, he probably shouldn’t have spent all day getting wasted in a local bar. But this guy has some serious issues and people abusing him and throwing things at him was not really appropriate. He is a human and he clearly needs help. Yes, it was disappointing to fans, but you did at least get a show of some sort.
Now a positive would be the support bands seemed to go down really well, Fear the Fallen and Unzucht, not really my cup of tea but very well played and plenty of enthusiasm. The venue itself “The Diamond Live Lounge” handled it well, probably the best they could and the bouncers and security seemed pretty good and fair with any problems that arose. The venue did remind me of The Light in Scunthorpe a little, with a similar layout. It had great lighting and a nice atmosphere “Until the plastic cup throwing”. The sound for the headliner wasn’t great as Wez’s mic kept giving feedback but to be honest, there wasn’t any point in sorting it out because I don’t think it could have got any better even if they adjusted the sound. Don’t get me wrong Wez can sing but probably not when he is that out of.
I wish any venue and crowd good luck for his upcoming gigs, but please try to refrain from throwing things at him or the stage. I mean not only is it quite inhuman to do to someone in such a state but your f**king up a lot of expensive instruments and sound equipment. Just because someone else is being disrespectful doesn’t mean you have to lower yourself, just learn from the lesson, don’t go see the band again and play it on your cd or mp3 player instead.
This hasn’t put me off visiting the venue again. I don’t expect my money back because I paid to see Puddle Of Mudd and that’s what I saw. It’s a top venue and I wouldn’t blame them for a band’s actions.
And for those who wanted to hear Blurry and didn’t get to, this will have to do.
It seems stupid to review Party In The Pines because well if you weren’t there to experience it, where the hell were you? For everyone that did turn up local and from far and wide, well done and thank you for supporting this growing local festival.
Situated in countryside and woods on a private clearing between Appleby and Broughton, the venue itself is just atmospheric in itself but once it started filling up it went off the scale.
Pines this time decided to go for some variety with the Main stage being indie based, the Fortress stage bringing you alternative and also an acoustic and dance tent. I did wonder how this would all fit in and if there would be sound clashes but once each individual stage was going you could only hear the one you stood in front of. Continue reading Review // Party In The Pines 2015 (Albums & Videos)
Party In The Pines is almost here.
The Party In The Pines team are running a VIP COMPETITION to win 2 tickets & backstage passes (which means you could get the chance to meet The Enemy) and you will also win x2 Brand new 2015 Party In The Pines T-shirts. Continue reading VIP COMPETITION TIME // PARTY IN THE PINES 2015
Press release – Monday, 6 July
First annual Northern Lincolnshire Food & Drink Festival to take place on Sunday, 19 July
The first annual Northern Lincolnshire Food and Drink Festival will take place at The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe on Sunday, 19 July.
SMG Europe has teamed up with celebrity chef Colin McGurran, and his restaurant Winteringham Fields, to bring together a family-friendly event which will help educate and entertain people from across the region. The event will take place between 11am and 4pm and entry is free.
There will be around 30 stalls with food and beverage suppliers from around the region attending and Colin McGurran will be on hand to judge competitions, take part in demonstrations and answer questions from the audience in the venue’s auditorium.
Local businesses attending the event include The Pink Pig, Uncle Henrys, Red Hill Farm, Mr Huda, Yorkshire Chillies from Haxby, Jamaican Delight from Leeds and Scunthorpe Bee Keepers Society, who will be bringing live bee hives on the day. Crunchy Critters from Derby will be bringing edible insects, while the Spotted Dog Flower Company from Blyton will be doing a talk on edible flowers and how they can be used in the kitchen. We will also have fudge makers, chocolatiers, macaroons, preserves & chutneys, sweets, fruit liqueurs and cupcakes. Roe’s Dairy Farm will be bringing their vintage ice cream trailer serving traditional ice cream.
We will also have a culinary kids zone, where we will be encouraging young people to get their hands messy in a creative way. With hands on cookery workshops and chances to make and taste food, our chefs will be testing the children’s knowledge on food and teaching them about cooking and all about the ingredients that go into making each dish. Ruth from Wooden Spoon and Whisk Ltd will be making soups and smoothies with the children and teaching them about fun and healthy eating, as well as teaching safe chopping techniques and kitchen skills.
There will also be a Plum Bread competition and, in an ode to BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, the venue will be encouraging people to make an edible omelette on The Baths Hall’s stage as quickly as possible.
A spokesman for The Baths Hall said: “Whether they are young or old, male or female, visitors will learn about food and drink, as well as enjoy the tastes, smells and sounds. We want to show off the science behind sausages, the brains behind bread and the craft behind cupcakes.”
The first annual Northern Lincolnshire Food and Drink Festival will take place at The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe on Sunday, 19 July between 11am and 4pm. For further details visit http://www.bathshall.co.uk
Ticket price includes: All Day/Night Entry, Free Parking & Camping. Continue reading August Festival // Party In The Pines 2015